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2841 S 1st StAbilene, TX 79605
Gretta has been making keys for myself and my family since 2003. Every time I called, she was at my office promptly and always happy. There were several times she had to let me in because I did not have a key. She has more to offer in her key selection than anyone in Abilene. If I locked me keys…
133 Bridge AveFlat, TX 76526
From Business: Car lockout you call when you have locked your keys in the car, locked yourself out of your house, or otherwise had a problem that involves a lock of some kind. Locksmiths can also install new locks, make new keys for old locks, repair or modify locks and keys, and otherwise handle the physical functions of locks that prot…
Serving the Abilene Area
Fantastic man to do business with. He helped me with my cars ignition tumblers and just went above and beyond to help get my car on the road for me and my children. Very professional and kind. He was quick and experienced. No need to try anywhere else. Best locksmith around!
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Gretta has been making keys for myself and my family since 2003. Every time I called, she was at my office promptly and always happy. There were several times she had to let me in because I did not have a key. She has more to offer in her key selection than anyone in Abilene. If I locked me keys in my car, she is there within 10 minutes and does NOT scuff up my car in the process of getting my car unlocked. There is nobody else I will call in Abilene. Her prices are very reasonable. Garbo's is the BEST!! Thank you, Gretta!!!
Get a written estimate! Went into Garbo's to get a key to my 2005 VW Jetta cut and programmed for the remote lock/unlock, etc. I was greeted by Sharise who acted as if she preferred I left. I asked the price for making an extra key and she said "$45 but no guarantee that it will work". I asked for her to repeat that and she repeated that it cost $45 whether it worked or not. I started to leave for the VW dealer but unfortunately agreed to pay the $45. She ended up getting an apparent manager or owner to show her how to cut the key and program my car so that the key would start the car. They said "it works". Well that was a relief.Then I got blindsided. Sharise rang up the receipt and said "that will be $86.60"! "Do what?!" I said. "What happened to the $45 quote? That was just for "cutting the key", not programming your key where it would work. The manager or owner was standing there and Sharise insisted that told me that there was an additional charge of $35 to program the car. Untrue. She refused to acknowledge that she told me $45. About this time a man behind said "she is my wife" in what I took to be a threatening tone. I was stuck with paying $86.60 with sales tax because an employee would not be truthful about what happened.
I called to ask about gun safes and spoke with a woman who answered. She seemed completely indifferent and unhelpful. I asked for a specific size safe and she abruptly interrupted me stating I'd have to come in. For me to come in is a 76 mile drive. I'm sure the locksmiths are more in tune with sales and customer service than she otherwise they wouldn't be in business. I took my business elsewhere and bought a high quality gun safe in Lubbock.
If I ever lock my keys in my car or trunk again, and I'm sure I will I will not call any other company but Garbo's! From the first call to the last the dispatcher, Gretta, was extremely nice and when she said that a locksmith would be there in a few, she meant it. Unfortunately, my keys were lost so she sent a young man out and he made me new keys and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg. I really appreciate their kindness and consideration and would highly recommend them.
Garbo's is AWESOME!!! I accidentally locked my baby in the car (with the car on) & they sent someone right away. After quickly unlocking the car, I was ready to pay but was informed that "We unlock babies for free!". I highly recommend this company!!!
:-) Very professional!!! Service is Prompt, Accurate, Honest & Highly Recommended A+A+
I am a former employee of this great company. I would totally recommend them, based on the current company I work for. These folks are a great God lead business that is fair, professional, and offer the best service. The owners are great people, the staff are great and well educated. I really miss working there, but they get my 100% vote if u need service in that area, they are the one's to call.
I just wanted to thank Tammy at Garbo's. My sister locked my ignition up and thanks to Tammy she was able to help me without costing me an arm and leg. The whole staff was friendly.I have to say I am thankful that I was referred to you!
The locks installed on the doors and windows of every home represent the most common, and perhaps most effective, form of security. That means locks can be taken for granted, until they no longer work properly or the key is lost. Homeowners should work to understand the basics behind these essential household devices, as well as how to address common problems related to them.
The concept behind a lock-and-key mechanism has been around for centuries, so it's no surprise that their basic design hasn't changed much in recent years. At the same time, a number of different types of locks are now available to meet specific needs.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Pin tumbler locks come in a number of configurations. In residential environments, they are the primary mechanism for operating knob locks and deadbolts. Most exterior doors on homes and apartment buildings will have at least one of each of these locks. Knob locks are quick to open and can be convenient when minimal security is acceptable, but they are very easily forced open. When paired with a deadbolt, the door becomes much harder to open. Deadbolts work by driving a thick metal rod into the door frame, which prevents most quick methods of defeating locks, like using a shim or brute force. Still, deadbolts aren't impenetrable, as they can be lockpicked or defeated with much stronger ramming force.
Other common types of residential locks include mortise locks, which combine the action of a doorknob and deadbolt in one. Mortise locks engage a deadbolt with the turn of the key, just as normal. But upon unlocking, the doorknob will open in tandem with the deadbolt. These locks tend to be much stronger than traditional deadbolt designs, but are often harder to install and thus more expensive.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
When a lock stops working, no matter where it is in your home or office, it's likely to be a source of frustration. However, it's rare for a lock to suddenly fail to open without exhibiting some signs beforehand.
Common lock problems include issues opening or engaging the lock, or difficulty securing a door in the proper position to lock it.
Since locks are essential security devices that might be used multiple times per day, they are bound to wear out eventually. Rekeying or replacing locks can be done on your own in some cases, but may require a professional locksmith.
When a lock is rekeyed, the cylinder containing the tumbler and pins is removed from its enclosure and replaced with a new cylinder. This is often done when a new tenant moves into an apartment that was previously occupied, but it may also be necessary if a lock needs to be replaced.
Replacing all components of a cylinder lock, or working with locks that don't use a pin tumbler system, requires a different procedure for replacement. Installing a new lock of the same type will be the most straightforward option.
If you want a new lock that is different from your old set, more advanced installation is required, and you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
If you've lost your keys or are otherwise unable to enter a locked building that you normally have access to, you will need to call your local locksmith. To save money and ensure you're hiring a reputable contractor, it may help to do some research on locksmiths in your area ahead of time, so you can be prepared if you need to call one.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
Locks are ubiquitous around the world, which means the skills to service them are always in demand. Becoming a locksmith could be a rewarding career opportunity, but like any other job, will require a bit of preparation.
Locksmiths do not generally require formal education, but need to undergo extensive hands-on training and possibly certification. Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management.
From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification, which involves a standardized procedure that, once completed, allows locksmiths to legally conduct business in their state.
Successful locksmiths need to be skilled with their hands and in the use of tools. While these skills are essential for the day-to-day tasks that a locksmith performs, they also benefit immensely from being personable and able to work with people to solve problems.
There are a number of trade associations and organizations for locksmiths that may help them find work, receive training and connect with like-minded business partners. These organizations may also help consumers find a reputable locksmith. Locksmith trade associations in the U.S. include:
Contact these organizations to learn more about how to become a locksmith, or how to go about choosing the right professional for your needs.